Greek Sing brings harmony to campus

T’Nerra Butler, Multicultural Editor

Delta Delta Delta Sorority’s harmonizing and precise movements helped them to win the Greeks Sing for the eighth sequential year Sunday.

The men of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity took the win for first place in the men’s section.

Marissa Muskievicz, a senior communication studies major and coach for Tri Delta Sorority, said a huge weight was lifted off her shoulders after winning. She said the women had been practicing for months and the win paid off.

The women of Tri Delta stood in front of their crowd dressed in pale blue dresses as they sang a mix of songs including “Calling All Angels” by Train, “Video Games” by Lana Del Ray, and “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley.

“The hardest part was getting the girls to slow down because of all of the nerves on stage,” Muskievicz said.

Ben Misselhorn, a senior marketing major and member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, said the fraternity’s hard work paid off.

“It’s very gratifying and you cant help but be humble for everything that you’ve done and to see what everyone has worked on,” Misselhorn.

The men sported all black with rows off members wearing different colored ties.

Misselhorn said Greek Sing brought a sense of community and showed another side of the Greeks.

“This event brought a lot of unity,” Misselhorn said. “A lot of people view Greek life have this negative connotation and they can gain a new respect at this event. It bridges this gap between Greek life and everyone else.”

The men practiced a couple times every week for three to four months, Misselhorn said.

Tri Delta’s performance was centered on the idea of being angels. Muskievicz said they picked that theme because a lot of students around campus refer to them as angels.

The runners up in the sorority section were the women of Alpha Phi Sorority who wore black halter dresses and sang in a Broadway musical style.

The coach of the sorority, senior communication studies major Leah Davis, said even though they were in second place there was tough competition this year.

“Tri Delta always brings their A-game, so second to us almost feels like first,” Davis said. “

Davis said this was her third time coaching and they practiced for a couple months Monday through Friday this year.

“Even though it’s a competition, we’re all here, doing the same thing and we’ve all invested the same amount of time,” Davis said. “It pushes people to step out if their comfort zone.”

There was a lot of competition this year, admissions counselor Omar Solomon said. Solomon, one the judges this year, said they based their judgments off of a rubric. The guidelines included tone, diction, creativity and overall performance.

“It was a tough decision but at the end of the day I think (the judges) believed that Tri Delta did an amazing job,” Solomon said. “Everyone did a great job though.”

Two alumnae of Eastern came back to see their fellow sorority sister from Tri Delta. Ali Lohr and Danielle Sanders said that while at Eastern they both participated in Greek Sing.

“It’s amazing to see what people who aren’t in a real choir sound like,” Sanders said.

Lohr said she has never seen a competition as fierce as this year’s Greek Sing.

“It keeps getting better with years. I think (Tri Delta) continues to grow as a house each year, and you can see that with all of the other chapters.”

Twelve Greeks performed at this year’s Greek Sing even though 13 were scheduled to perform. The president of Sigma Chi came to the stage and apologized for misconduct and said that they would not participate in the singing.

T’Nerra Butler can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]